Looking at the title of this blog you're probably thinking, "Oh no, another random blog from someone complaining about the lack of people willing to work in the church." Actually no, it's actually far from that! I think for some that are active in the church it's really tough to remember when we all took that first step in being an active part of the church family, whether teaching a class, helping to make an important decision, or being a part of something new the church is taking part in.
Too many times a stigma has been placed on working in the church. People have a mindset of thinking you have to be a singer, teacher, a instrument player, or of course a Pastor to properly serve in the church! BUT! What if I told you God uses everyone in the church body in some way. Even if you don't feel you have a specialty, I guarantee you God knows right where you are needed. He just needs you to see it! I know this because I was there...
Most people that know me today, including our Elders and Pastor wouldn't believe it, but I used to be very shy! I can remember hiding behind my Mom and Dad's legs when strangers were around in order to avoid being talked to. This carried on into school, I didn't like having pictures taken (which I still struggle with some), and the thought of standing in front of a class would make me totally sick to my stomach! SO? How could God use a person like me? A person whose shyness was so debilitating through my whole childhood and teenage life! Well...you see...God has ways of preparing you and you will never know he's doing it! All while my shyness was keeping me from the "public eye", my Mom and Dad purchased my Brother and I our first computer when I was in 9th grade. I WAS HOOKED! The more my Brother and I fiddled and played with that PC the more we both fell in love with technology and we both realized we wanted it to be our careers.
While that was going on PHBC had began a puppet and clown ministry which I had became a part of as a puppeteer. I had became a part of it because; well, to be honest my friends were and I could hide behind a curtain and still be a part of something! Not to long after that it was determined that Peace Haven was going to implement what a lot of churches where implementing during that time. We added media into services via announcement slide shows before services, and of course Bible verses on screen during sermons. Myself and one of our Elders stepped up to the plate to handle this responsibility. Not to mention all during this time I was already handling the church's website design! Do you see a the trend here? It's all "behind the scenes" activity!
So what are you trying to say Jeremy?! Get to the point! Well first let me mention the picture above is probably how the Elders perceive me while I am working on FindPeace.today. Ha! Ha! Anyway! What I am trying to say is my story is a proof that God can take someone who thought they would never find a place working in the church and put them exactly right where they needed to be and use them to support the church body for his GLORY! I can't sing and you don't want me to try! I can't teach that great! I certainly can't play an instrument. But, I can make sure that those who sing, teach, and that our wonderful Pastor has everything they & he needs to be successful in what God is trying to accomplish in us as a FAMILY! I can also make sure that you as a part of our family or as a visitor to this site have all the information needed to know everything possible about our wonderful church! For those of you who are on the fence about what God wants you to do or be a part of...don't be afraid! Take that first step, it will be a great adventure...if YOU let it!